Andres Torres: A Name That Should Be Known in San Francisco
Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum are the big names in Giants territory. Newcomers Jose Guillen and Cody Ross are the new fan favorites.
However, the man right now red hot in San Francisco with his bat is Andres Torres.
Even in his own Puerto Rico many baseball followers are starting to listen and know about Torres.
In the U.S. territory the biggest names are Carlos Beltran, Mike Lowell, Yadier Molina, Ivan Rodriguez, and lately newcomer Angel Pagan. Even rookie Florida Marlins Mike Stanton is well known due his publicized Puerto Rican heritage last June during the San Juan series between the Marlins and the New York Mets.
It is time to know him because probably he should be contemplated by the national sports writers to be the National League Comeback Player of the Year.
Torres, 32, before this 2010 season was a true journeyman.
He made his major league debut back in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers where he only played 81 games in three seasons.
In 2005 Torres signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers where he only played eight games in their major league uniform.
Thereafter, until 2009 he spent a lot of time in the minors with the Tigers, Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Cubs.
However, his luck finally changed when he signed last year as a free agent with the Giants.
Moreover, he is validating right now that he deserves to be in the bigs. Equable a good candidate for National League Player of the Month of August.
Torres is hitting .310 with 14 doubles, one triple, fve home runs, 25 RBI, and six stolen bases over his last 35 games.
To be more accurate on his hotness, he has gone 9-for-24 with one home run and 10 RBI over the last six games.
Last Sunday, Torres set a new record at San Francisco AT&T Park with 25 doubles in a season in a game against the Arizona D’Backs. By the way, that two-bagger was his 42nd this season, which tied him as doubles leader in the National League with Phillies’ Jayson Werth.
Torres if he continues his doubles pace he could record 51 this season and could set a new team record for a single campaign. Jeff Kent currently holds the franchise mark with 49 doubles in 2001.
Maybe he will not win a Silver Slugger award at the end of the season but watch out he could be a winner of a Golden Glove.
Torres is errorless this season in 119 games and his seven outfield assists are tied for seventh most in the National League. In fact, Torres has committed just two errors in his entire major league career.
Torres is errorless since 2003 and in his last 197 games in the majors.
Perhaps finally his time has arrived to be known.